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Featuring Ben Brobst '11

Position: 6th & 8th Grade Math Teacher

School: Roanoke City Public Schools

Location: Roanoke, VA

(Profiled: December 2011)

 

  How did you connect with this job opportunity?

♦  What attracted you to this position?

♦  What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

♦  What has been/was your biggest challenge as a first-year teacher?

♦  How did your time at GCC prepare you for the teaching field?

♦  What advice would you give to a current pre-service teacher in order to better prepare for his or her future classroom?

♦  What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

 

How did you connect with this job opportunity?

I had the opportunity to interview with the Math Instructional Coordinator for Roanoke City Public Schools at the 2011 PERC job fair (Go to the job fair!). She sold me on the idea of relocating in the south and teaching in an urban school district so I applied and ultimately got the job!

 

What attracted you to this position?

I wanted to teach in a challenging environment where I could grow the most as a teacher and a person. The students in the district come from very broken, poor homes and learning is not their top priorities when it comes to education. The students come to school looking for attention and adult figures to care about them. I knew teaching in Roanoke would give me the opportunity to have an impact on students both educationally and socially.  

 

What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

Some of my most challenging students have also given me the most rewarding moments of the year. The process of building the relationship with the students and working with them to improve their grades and behavior in class is a great feeling.

 

What has been/was your biggest challenge as a first-year teacher?

I initially struggled effectively managing some of my classes with rougher students in it. College classes and student teaching does not prepare you for some of the crazy situations that are thrown at you on a daily basis. Every day is a learning experience and I learned being consistent with the expectations and consequences was the best way to run a classroom.

 

How did your time at GCC prepare you for the teaching field?

Standardized testing is the top priority of schools today and Grove City did a good job clueing me in of what I would face from administrators, parents, and other teachers.

 

What advice would you give to a current pre-service teacher in order to better prepare for his or her future classroom?

Paint a picture in your mind of the way you want your classroom to run. Create clear and simple rules that will facilitate your vision of your classroom and build your classroom around them. Also, do not be afraid to ask for help from fellow teachers in your building. Find a veteran teacher willing to mentor you through your first year and befriend other new teachers so you have someone to relate to as a new teacher.

 

What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

Apply early and often. Go to job fairs like PERC and network as much as possible!

 

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